PAUL SWEENEY (sweeney@SMTPLINK.CTA.COM)
Wed, 22 Dec 1993 08:12:38 EST
Even though I am not a Boy Scout Leader, I do have two boys in Troop 7
in Lowell, Ma and do see what's going on since I often stay for the
> How many boys show up for Troop meetings?
> What is the chaos level of your Troop meetings? How about a rating
> of 1 - 10 where 1="Should model for Fast Start" and 10="Black
> Monday on Wall St."?
> When during the meeting is it at its highest?
Interpatrol Activity (game) and right after.
Openings and Closing, followed by Instructional time
> Does it change as the year progresses?
Definitely quiets down as the year progresses
> Who generates the most decibels/disorderliness - older,
> younger,newer, experienced,...?
First year Scouts who have some experience in Scouting; I think
that brand new Scouts think that Scouting is something like
school or church where quiet is expected.
> How often do adults have to step in?
Maybe twice or three times a meeting
> When do adults run the meeting?
Minimal adult involvement except to provide direction
> As in every good survey - Comments?
> [stuff deleted] and play until the parents come.
An idea that I have used at Webelos meetings is to have game type
activity before the meeting begins; leaders are busy collecting
dues and getting set up for the meeting and this gives some
structure to the *our* most chaotic time.
Another comment that I can make is that several of the parents of
boys in Troop 7 have expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of
involvement of the adult leaders. They say that it appears that
the adults are having one meeting and the boys another. They
would like to see *much* greater participaqtion of the adults.
Even my own boys (one is Life with only a project to complete for
Eagle, the other Star) have expressed to me that meetings are
boring and that they "don't *do* anything" ;-) .
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